January 2016

Bought and Paid For, But Never Published. Rotarian, 2001


The editors at Rotarian Magazine routinely sent me a complimentary copy of any issue in which my cartoon appeared. This cartoon was bought and paid for in 2001, but I never saw it in print. The publication at that time was drastically cutting down on its cartoon usage and eventually dropped them completely -- so I guess this cartoon got lost in that format re-design.

Bought and Paid For, But Never Published. Prevention Magazine, 1984


Prevention Magazine bought and paid for this cartoon in 1984. Three years later, an editor returned my original to me, with a note saying they decided not to use it. No other explanation.

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No.95

                               " Sorry kid, we don't do snow days."

                                             (by John Platt)


My original caption: "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't report the weather, we just make it."


John Platt, you did it again! For the twelfth amazing time, you have proved to be one of the funniest people around. Congrats, congrats, congrats!

There was one "Rain, rain, go away, come again another day" caption, but I was surprised that nobody worked on all the other popular "rain" ditties, such as "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring" or "Raindrops keep falling on my head . . . "

And I still kind of like my own original caption (see above), which is just a simple reversal of the TV forecasters' shtick, ". . . we don't make the weather, we just report it."

Anyway, here are the other entries that I was considering for top honors:

"No can do. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain." (by Kelasher)

"Thanks for holding -- we've been flooded with calls." (by Brendan Powers)

"Business is lousy. We've been closed every day on account of rain." (by Cary Antebi)

"If it rains before we come, we'll give you a rain date." (also by Cary Antebi)


Barring any nasty weather, a new contest will almost certainly come up in a couple of weeks . . .  so be on the lookout for it.


Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 95

Contest No. 95 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click "Save". Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission.

There is no limit on the number of captions you can enter for each drawing. Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions for this contest is midnight Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption). Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Below is the drawing that needs your caption.